partypoker has introduced major changes to its flagship tournament, partypoker MILLION, in a bid to make things less complicated for the average user, while improving its quality and structure.
The number of starting flights have now been reduced, the final day has been moved, and players will now be required to display their real names.
The tournament previously had 12 Day 1s, running multiple times throughout the week. Now, the partypoker MILLION remains a multi-day tournament with a buy-in of $215, but players can only compete in one starting flight per day which means there will be seven Day 1s running per week.
Each Day 1 shuffles up and deal at 6:30 pm BST, from Monday through to Sunday. With this, the final day has also been moved to Monday instead of the usual Sunday.
Players kick off the action with 1,000,000 in starting chips played in 20-minute levels, with blinds starting at 5,000/10,000/1,000a. This represents a significant improvement from the previous structure of 10-12 minute blinds, giving players an extended time to showcase their skills and take a shot at massive prizes.
Each starting flight concludes after the completion of Level 20. Surviving players will bring their stack with them through to the Monday final, however, if you still want to improve your chip count, you may still take a shot at another Day 1, and if you advance more than once, you will only be able to carry your largest stack over to the final battle.
partypoker has also decided to remove the phased tournaments for Day 1s, replacing them with traditional satellites. You can win your way into the partypoker MILLION tournament by taking part in these $22 buy-in satellites. The site is also running qualifying events for these satellites for as low as $2.20.
The partypoker Mini and Micro have also made a comeback, adopting a similar schedule with the partypoker MILLION. Low-stakes players can compete in the Micro edition for just $2.20, while the Mini version requires a $22 entry fee. Both tournaments carry a guarantee of $10,000 and $100,000 respectively. WPT seats worth $1,050 and $3,200 are also up for grabs.
Improving User Experience
partypoker’s return to the basics is a contradiction to the ongoing trend among online real money poker sites nowadays, most of which have been heavily inclined towards phased tournaments. partypoker MILLION had adopted this latest format during its early days, and it resulted in overlays.
Explaining their decision, the site said the changes were introduced in response to player feedback, and to enhance the overall gaming experience of players.